This Maritime trip is what Chuck is calling ‘the reader’s digest version’.
We’re definitely travelling faster through Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia than we’d like – and, sadly, we’re missing PEI and Newfoundland entirely.
We’re on a bit of a tight timeline as we’re scheduled to take the ferry from Yarmouth, NS to Portland, ME on Friday, September 9th. We’ll drive to Boston to spend a couple of days with Shannon, Gabe, Joseph and Celeste. Then we’ll drive to Poplar Bluff, MO to spend a couple of days with Kathryn, Jagger, Molly & Katie before ‘high-tailing’ it across the mid-west to Pueblo, CO for our 3rd annual Newmar International Rally on September 21st. Immediately following the Newmar Rally we’re on to Albuquerque, NM for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta – my #1 item on my Butterfly List (…and, that’s another story).
In the meantime, we’ve just nibbled on New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Our 1st night was at the Inch Arran RV Park in Dalhousie – New Brunswick’s most northern community. Located just steps from the Bay of Chaleur this lovely water spot has 48 full service sites with a perfect view of the Inch Arran Lighthouse built in 1870.
Dalhousie is the starting point for the Acadian Coastal Drive which wanders through Acadian villages with enchanting names like Pokemouche, Tracadie Sheila, Tabusintac and Bouctouche – to name just a few.
We had fun playing the “how do you pronounce that?” game… as we made our way to Shediac, NB – recognized as “The Lobster Capital of the World” and home to the World’s Largest Lobster!
We tasted some of our first lobster at brunch (Lobster Benedict for Chuck and Lobster Omelet for me) and purchased a few pounds of frozen lobster bits and chunks for our future enjoyment from the local Lobster Shop.
Another Shediac fun fact –
After spending one night and 1/2 the next day in Shediac we moved to Hopewell Cape on the Bay of Fundy – just 40 km’s east of Moncton – home of The Hopewell Rocks and famous for its extreme high and low tides.
The world’s highest tides rise up to 13 vertical feet (4 metres) per hour and can reach a height of up to 46 feet (14 metres). It’s approximately 6 hours per tide so we walked the ocean floor the last half of low tide and returned a few hours later to capture the difference at high tide from the observation decks. What a difference and absolutely stunning!
Our ‘senior’ tickets cost less than $15 and were valid for 2 consecutive days. Well groomed walking paths went through the forest down to the ocean floor. Alternatively, you could take a shuttle for $2/person each way. Great news – dogs were welcome! Also on site was a full service restaurant, a well appointed gift store, a children’s playground, an Interpretive Centre and plenty of parking – for both cars and RV’s.
Another leftover of the tides are the miles and miles of mud flats. Walking or sliding on the mud flats are prohibited but we did see some pretty muddy 4×4’s. The motion of 160 billion tonnes of water mixed with silt from the mud flats makes the water brown. This creates the “Chocolate River” effect, apparently known around the world.
By the way, if you get caught on the ocean floor at high tide there is a contingency! Climb on up and wait for the kayak’s to come and rescue you. AND, hope that the water level doesn’t climb to its usual 46’… The escape tower was built a few inches too short!
We’re now in Halifax for a few days and have:
- explored Peggy’s Cove
- shopped the Seaport Farmer’s Market
- visited the Acadian Maple Products Factory (and bought the Maple Cream Cookies which I love…)
- humbled by this Memorial at Peggy’s Cove (Swiss Air #111 downed by on-board fire)
- lunched on fresh boiled lobster (with butter) for CDN $47/USD $36.50
In any case, this short Maritime travelogue has just been a tease. What the writer calls “an amuse-bouche” [a small appetizer meant to tease the palate]!
We will be back!